Texas A&M’s Parsons Mounted Cavalry To Ride In 130th Rose Parade On Jan. 1

By Amy Thompson, Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets

COLLEGE STATION, Oct 9, 2018 – Texas A&M University’s Parsons Mounted Cavalry (PMC) has been invited to ride in the 130th Rose Parade, presented by Honda, Jan. 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. PMC, a special unit in the Corps of Cadets and the only collegiate mounted cavalry unit in the nation, is one of 18 equestrian groups that will participate in this year’s parade.

With 50 cadets and 40 horses and mules, PMC will travel three days by truck and trailer to California to participate in the Rose Parade. They will ride along the five and a half mile parade route in Pasadena on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.  “We are thrilled that Parsons Mounted Cavalry has been extended an invitation to participate in such a prestigious event as the Rose Parade in Pasadena. This is a first for our Corps, and we are proud that PMC will represent the Corps of Cadets and Texas A&M University with pride and distinction in the Rose Parade,” said Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr, Commandant of the Corps of Cadets.

“This is an incredible opportunity for us,” Rose Marshall, commanding officer of Parsons Mounted Cavalry said. “We’re so excited to be able to represent Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets in this huge parade. We just want to get PMC out there so that people outside of Texas know who we are, what we do and how we represent Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets.”

PMC consists of 78 junior and senior cadets and 70 horses and mules. Named after a former Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, Colonel Thomas R. Parsons, the horse cavalry unit consists of cavalry, artillery and quartermaster elements. Military horse training is used to teach cadets self-discipline, confidence, leadership and decision-making. Parsons Mounted Cavalry has been in existence at Texas A&M University for 44 years and is the first special unit in Corps of Cadets history to be invited to the Rose Parade.

About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses

The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that hosts America’s New Year Celebration with the Rose Parade presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and a variety of accompanying events. 935 volunteer members of the association will drive the success of 130th Rose Parade themed “The Melody of Life,” on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, followed by the 105th Rose Bowl Game. For more information, visit www.tournamentofroses.com.

This article is available on Texas A&M Today.